This book analyzes Africa’s choices, and includes a chapter by International Rivers’ Africa team on hydropower. Essays by leading academics and activists cover the most important developments in the continent’s energy sector today, and their implications for poverty reduction, environmental and human health, gender equity, and socio-economic justice.
“Although Africa is the most under-supplied region in the world for electricity, its economies are utterly dependent on it. There are enormous inequalities in electricity access, with industry receiving abundant supplies of cheap power while more than 80% of the continent’s population remain off the power grid. Africa is not unique in this respect, but levels of inequality are particularly pronounced here due to the inherent unevenness of ‘electric capitalism’ on the continent.”
- Download the book in its entirety or by individual chapters
- Download the chapter on hydropower by International Rivers’ Terri Hathawayand Lori Pottinger
- Listen to a podcast with the editor and contributors from the book launch
- Published by HSRC Press in South Africa and Earthscan in the rest of the world.